The Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital has become the first government-run institution in the State to install a tank to store liquid oxygen. With a capacity to hold 13,000 litres of oxygen, the tank is expected to cater to the needs of the entire hospital when it becomes operational.

At present, oxygen is supplied through 1,052 outlets using cylinders. The GH requires around 1,400 cubic metres of oxygen a day for its 52 operation theatres, besides intensive care units and post-operative wards.

Currently, the hospital consumes around 300 oxygen cylinders every day. In these rooms, each oxygen cylinder is manually plugged and unplugged by contract workers.

“We train the hospital’s contract workers to do the work and not all are uniformly trained,” said Dean V. Kanagasabai. By installing the tank, the hospital has cut down its expenses on the salary of workers by Rs. 40.80 lakh. Also, it has saved around Rs. 20 lakh on the transport of oxygen cylinders.

The tank, which has come up in the space between Tower Block 2 and the old cardiology block, will be put into use by the end of the month when approval is received from the Controller of Explosives.

The tank, costing Rs. 40 lakh, has been built free of cost by Inox Air Products, which supplies the gas to the hospital. A full tank will ensure that supply will last for five days.

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